1 dead, multiple human cases of West Nile virus reported in MI

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Lincoln County has its first confirmed human case of West Nile virus.

The provincial Animal Health Centre lab confirms two dead ravens found in Kimberley tested positive for the virus.

Most people who contract the virus have no symptoms, but some may become ill three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Mosquito abatement districts in the county have detected West Nile virus in 30 mosquito pools.

Those individuals can suffer brain swelling, inflammation of the brain lining and paralysis, and can potentially die from the virus. This is more likely to occur in those over 50 years of age and those with medical conditions or weakened immune systems.

West Nile is usually spread between birds by mosquitoes, which can also spread the virus to humans and other animals.

MI has seen outbreaks of West Nile virus every summer since 2002.

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He had the life-threatening neuro-invasive form of West Nile and was paralyzed for a time.

Avoid activities outside at dusk and dawn.

Mosquitos which carry a deadly virus that has killed 22 people have been found in Southend.

Make sure your doors and windows have tightly fitting screens.

To assist the state's mosquito control efforts, and to reduce mosquito-breeding habitat for mosquitoes that can transmit WNV, DNREC urges homeowners to practice good water sanitation on their property by eliminating standing water, particularly as might be collected in buckets, containers, uncovered trash cans, stagnant bird baths, old tires and unused swimming pools.

Wear light colored, long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outdoors. Apply mosquito repellent to areas of exposed skin. "Some steps you can take include using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents, wearing light-colored long-sleeved shirts and trousers when outside and using mosquito netting to protect infants in carriages, strollers and playpens".

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